Department of Design

Curated by Timoni West.

Primarily focused on product design, technology, cognitive psychology, and the brain. Also—pretty pictures, sometimes moving.


September 26th, 2014

Cosmin Capitanu’s concepts for Xonom.

September 24th, 2014

Ben Johnson’s The Jack Dusty Experiment. I love, love everything about this.

September 23rd, 2014
But when Thiel is arguing for more women founders he isn’t just deflecting responsibility from himself and his fellow investors. He is also doing something else that I want to unpack: he is re-inscribing a form of hierarchical thinking that is part of the reason tech is such a mess regarding diversity. That is, when Thiel points to “more women founders” as a solution, he is asking women to become founders in order to possess a status that would allow Thiel to acknowledge women in tech at all.

Kate Losse, The Myth of Magical Futures.

Losse nails it. Having women in power in business in 2014 means that woman is still working within a hierarchy originally created, and maintained to this day, by men.

I think it’s unfortunate that when we talk about changing gender roles at work, we don’t talk about men much. But—forgive my generalizations for a minute—men are more hierarchical than women, more likely to be competitive, more used to power and dominance ruling social interactions. This is not the norm for everyone, this is the norm for men, and that is why it is the norm at work.

I’ve very excited about to see, later in life, is how company structures change as more women are granted power. Will CEOs still exist? Boards of directors?

I have a hunch that, in any case, bad behavior will be less tolerated, and toxic work situations less common, as the gender dynamic changes. Right now, powerful people are allowed to walk into meetings, scream and harange, and have no repercussions. They can be generally patronizing, insulting, or dismissive, and keep their jobs. In the current business world, there is often no correlation made between being good at one’s job and being an emotionally healthy person.

I’ve been lucky at my jobs, but I’ve certainly heard horror stories about terrible bosses of both genders. But the fact is that bad male bosses are generally tolerated, and sometimes idealized, or even deified. Imagine Sharon Stone yelling “Coffee is for closers.” Imagine Gordan Gekko, played by Glenn Close. Milla Jovovich as Chris Varick.

Imagine if Steve Jobs was a woman. Spoiler: he would have been described as ‘shrill,’ and he would not be CEO.

September 18th, 2014

Danish movie poster for Ladyhawke, 1985.

September 17th, 2014

French movie poster for Ladyhawke. Who is the man on that horse?

Subway poster variant on the Ladyhawke American release poster, with a hilariously upbeat tagline.

Notice the green outline is even greener, and Broderick is even more cheery.

Ladyhawke original theatrical release poster, American. 1985, Warner Bros./ 20th Century Fox. Check out that green outline around Broderick. Why?

A Visual Guide to Packing a Backpack, by Tortuga bags. I’m considering getting one for my trip. Does anybody have feedback about them?

September 14th, 2014
September 12th, 2014

Embedded in the work harder, earn more ethos is an unspoken, unhealthy and inaccurate implication: suffering (working “hard”) is equivalent to value creation.

The problem here is not-so-much in that it forces people to work more than they need to, although that is unhealthy and damaging in itself. The real crime here is that this belief obscures what is truly important in earning more: creating tangible value in the world and having a bigger impact.

September 11th, 2014

Vernetti, by Keith Davis Young.

Yosuke Ohnishi (1982), via palmandlaser.